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Practice Focus: Summer Mountains and Waters


Expand your practice to include the myriad beings of the natural world. You are welcome to participate in any or all of these activities.



Study Dogen’s Mountains and Waters Sutra, while walking in nature

These will be longer hikes. We’ll carpool to the trailhead:

-Sunday July 7, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

-Sunday July 21, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

This will be a shorter walk, from SCZC:

-Thursday July 18, 9:30 -11:45 am

Free of charge.


Zen, Art, and Nature: A workshop with Cathy & Alicia Toldi

Saturday July 13, 9:00am – 2:00 pm

We will explore honing our present-moment awareness by drawing and meditating in nature. You will be offered simple instructions.

Beginners welcome!

(bring a bag lunch, drawing pad, watch & pens)

Free of charge.


Awakening the Spirit of the Heart

A daylong eco-adventure with Cathy Toldi and Glenn Kazmierski


Sunday July 14, 9:00am – 5:00 pm

Please join us for a day enjoying the forest and grounds at Land of Medicine Buddha. You will be introduced to Buddhist heart practices (the Bramaviharas), along with Taoist qigong theory and practices. We will offer guided solo wanders on the land to gather our heart fire medicine. Then, through council, we will explore how to bring these practices to our families and friends.

• We will meet at Glenn’s office by 8:30 a.m. to carpool to Medicine Buddha: 550 Water Street #2 (directions).

• Bring a bag lunch, journal and pens, and hiking gear.

• $40 requested donation. Please pay and sign up in advance.


Lecture and Discussion about Mountains and Waters Sutra

No walking involved; free of charge.

Wednesday, July 17 dharma talk. Zazen: 5:45 Talk: 6:35

Thursday, July 18 informal discussion. Zazen: 12:00 Discussion: 1-3



The Teacher

Cathy has been practicing Zen at Warm Jewel Temple since 1987. She received the precepts and priest ordination from her root teacher, Katherine Thanas, and dharma transmission from Patrick Teverbaugh. Cathy’s focus is integrating Zen into the relational domain.

Alicia Toldi grew up exploring the wilds of California, from her lush backyard to Big Sur and the Sierras. She is currently based out of Oakland, CA, where she is on a constant quest to make a life out of adventuring and working with her hands. She now works as a teacher, maker, volunteer, and organizer in creative capacities throughout the Bay, and is cofounder of Piney Wood Atlas, a resource of alternative creative residencies across the US. She also hand-carves wooden spoons and maintains private gardens. Her work can be viewed at

Earlier Event: July 7
Mountains and Waters Hike
Later Event: July 11
Mountains and Waters Hike